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Fort Worth designated 300th International Safe Community

Posted Feb. 8, 2013

Fort Worth will be formally designated an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization during the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. With this designation, Fort Worth will become the 300th international Safe Community, the 23rd in the United States and the second in Texas.

Donna Stein-Harris, senior director of Safe Communities America, will bestow the designation.

Safe Communities is an international program developed more than 20 years ago as a proven approach to community injury reduction. The program is structured around a broad coalition of community partners, including businesses, civic organizations, local government, nonprofits and residents. It examines six indicators shown effective in reducing unintentional injuries and deaths.

“This is a huge honor. It’s the result of a lot of hard work by some very dedicated people in our community,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “Partnering up comes natural for Fort Worth, and we once again circled the wagons for the greater good of the people of our city. Safety is fundamental to any successful community. This very distinguished designation shows the world that Fort Worth is deeply committed to safe neighborhoods.”

Designated Safe Communities typically have 10 percent fewer injury-related deaths than similar communities without the designation.

In November 2011, the Fort Worth Safe Communities Steering Committee formed, and the formal application was submitted last September. An onsite review team came to evaluate Fort Worth in November. At the conclusion of the site visit, -Stein-Harris said that Fort Worth had set a new gold standard for Safe Community applications.

On Feb. 12, in conjunction with the ceremony at City Council, the city will light up in blue, the official color of Safe Communities, and raise Safe Communities flags.

The project has been coordinated by the Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaborative, whose purpose is to make our city the best in the nation at promoting injury prevention and exceptional emergency medical care.

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